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Jul 11 2012

Shopping in Orlando

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Orlando is such a great place to shop and you will be spoilt for choice. There are shops and outlets to suit everyone from Gucci to Guess and JC Penny to Prada, they are all here and all the time more are being added.

Some of my favourite places to shop are as follows. For the outlets deals I like Orlando Premium Outlets both at Vineland Rd and I-Drive where the old Belz Outlet Mall was. The Vineland road location was the first one on the scene and is pretty much an outdoor mall with some overhead cover. They boast 150 stores that include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Armani, Nike, Levi’s, Reebok, Guess and many more. There is also a food court serving a wide variety of food, some seating is outside too. A tip here is for the over the over 50’s to make use of the 50 Plus Shopper Perks . There is an extra 10% off your purchases every Tuesday from participating stores. It also growing at the newer International Drive location. There are a few more stores here but pretty much the same sort of thing. Parking can be easier at the International Drive location than the Vineland road mall.

Other main malls are the Mall at Millennia and the Florida Mall, the Florida Mall has over 250 stores and is more of a regular shopping center with stores such as Dillard’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, M&M’s World, Clarks of England, Hollister Co., MAC, Apple, Microsoft Store,┬áPandora Jewelry and many more. There is also a much larger food court here with all the usual offerings. The Asian food vendors are keen to offer a sample of their wares, the Bourbon Chicken is very nice but it always gives me a terrific thirst bout an hour after. Could be the MSG! The mall stays open until 9pm except Sundays where they close at 6pm.

The Mall at Millennia is a newer mall and is a bit more high end, shop wise and merchandise. Over 150 stores many exclusive brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Cartier, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and many more. The Mall is on 2 levels and there is also a food court.

It is worth knowing if you are not from the US you can get a discount passport for Macy’s gift wrap, upstairs, that gives you a further 11% off items in the store including already marked down stuff. So you can get some great deals.

By Steve Sewell

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Jul 05 2012

Jaws Replacement at Universal Studios Orlando

Jaws ride from above

The old Jaws ride.

Following the announcement of Jaws closing at Universal Studios, it is still shrouded in mystery as to what exactly will replace it. There are strong rumours that it is going to be a Harry Potter expansion following the success of the one at Islands of Adventure. Rumour has it that it will feature a London similar to that in the HP movies. There will be a ride set in Gringott’s Wizarding Bank Coaster and there is also space for a Hogwarts Express that may connect you to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in IOA. There is also an enclosed space that could be a secret entrance to Diagon Alley and a Restaurant that could be the site of the Leaky Cauldron.

By Steve Sewell

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